Get to Know the Research Process

Use the process displayed here to understand the different steps to doing research.  This process is cyclical, and you will need to be comfortable with continually asking questions, finding information and reading/analyzing what you find.

Research process
Courtesy of Michelle Luhtala, New Canaan High School

Lost on where to start?  
Check out these great research strategies from the University of Colorado Libraries

Research Databases

In order to find high quality, reliable academic sources for your research, you will need to use subscription research databases. 

Ebsco Host Databases

Ebsco database link

Username: lhstiger
Password: Ro@r2023!

How-to Video

Ebsco Host gives students access to ebooks, articles, podcasts, and other media from reputable sources.  Access is provided by Lakewood High School for staff and students.

JSTOR Academic Database

JSTOR database link

Click on the logo to get to the password-protected page that will give you access.
(You will need to be signed into a Jeffco Google account to open it.)

How-to Video

JSTOR is a database that links students to articles from a higher level of scholarship and is widely used by universities around the country.  Access is provided by Lakewood High School for staff and students. 


Jeffco Public Library Database Access

JCPL databases link

Use your library card to get access to many more databases.  Gale "In Context" databases are especially recommended.

How-to Video

Need a library card?  CLICK HERE to sign up for one!


Other Resources

There are other web-based tools that will help you find good academic sources and are free to use.

Prospector Colorado Library Service


Search Prospector for books from libraries all over Colorado, including university libraries.  You can request materials to be sent to your local JCPL library branch.

How-to Video

Google Scholar

Google scholar link

Use Google Scholar to find more scholarly articles than a regular Google search will discover.

*Sometimes free access to full text articles is available, but for access to other articles you will have to make note of the title/author and then find the article in a paid subscription database like Ebsco or JSTOR.

Library of Congress Digitized Collections


Library of Congress

Search the Library of Congress collections to find primary source documents, photos, videos and more.

**Extended Essay Extra Resources CLICK HERE**

Citing Sources

It is your legal responsibility to cite your sources when submitting assignments.  The links listed below, along with your librarians, are here to assist you.  

Each style (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.) is different!  Be sure to double-check the citations from any auto-generating citation maker.

Confused about how to avoid plagiarism?  Take a look at this.
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Login with your Jeffco Google account to create your bibliography or works cited page. MLA only!

Citation Machine               
Create your bibliography or works cited page in MLA, APA or Chicago format

Cite This For Me                 
Citation and reference list builder 

Citation Builder 
Helps create your bibliography or works cited page

Owl Purdue                         
How to format using MLA, APA or Chicago

Writing Center at UNC Chapel Hill - Why We Cite
Tutorial on how to cite and why we cite...APA, MLA or Chicago

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